Year End Celebration Rootian Seafood Restaurant, Langkawi
Popular for delicious fresh seafood cooked Chinese style, year-end dinner celebration is a must at Rootian Seafood Restaurant in downtown, Kuah, Langkawi.
DINING IN LANGKAWI
Langkawi is not just all about island hopping, sun, sea, and sand. There’s plenty of savory local noodle dishes and glistening fresh seafood to enjoy when on the island.
Seafood is plentiful, cheap and abundant in Langkawi. The seafood restaurants in Kuah town near the duty-free shops are always packed with tourists at mealtimes.
Reservations and ordering ahead is a great idea in getting a good table. The time spent waiting is wisely utilized to get some seriously good wines.
My last trip there was a fabulous year-end dinner with my excellent and generous hosts who bought year-end dinner at Rootian Seafood Restaurant.
CHINESE RESTAURANT STYLE FOOD
Rootian Seafood Restaurant is popular for plentiful fresh seafood cooked Chinese style dishes in Kuah town near the duty-free shops in Langkawi.
The restaurant serves a variety of food which includes pork, chicken, duck, lamb, beef, frog and bean curd dishes at reasonable prices.
The corner coffee shop style restaurant located is smack in the middle of downtown Kuah, right next to the intersection and traffic lights.
The place is down to earth and friendly with a casual environment.
All the tables are arranged along the verandah way. The interior of the shop is a prep area, the cooking area with the hiss of the roaring fire, the wok, and steamers are at the back of the shop.
You can’t miss it.
Our host KC and KS brought excellent red wines to start off the celebration dinner.
Master Chef cum owner Mr. Jacky popped in to check on our orders. His recommendations are good and definitely whet our appetite for more. A Blue Ribbon chef Mr. Jacky remains humble about his cooking skills.
CHINESE DINNER WITH RED WINE!
Dinner with the boys is great. Sitting outdoors, under a cooling fan. Lots of laughter after a long day in the sun. KC and KS always start dinner with some chocolates to munch on. The pralines in pretty pastel wrappers are nice starters.
HOKKIEN STYLE FRIED THICK NOODLES
To whet our appetite, the first dish was a simple Tai Lok Mee (hyperlink). Fat and flavourful with lard oil, this dish can rival that in KL.
FRIED SQUID WITH SALTED EGG
Coastal ports in every country around the world have different ways of preparing squids. In Langkawi, squid fishing boats dot Pantai Cenang with their green blinking lights to attract the squids.
The squids are a fresh staple in seafood restaurants. The popular recipe is for fried squid (fried calamari). The squid rings are tender and sweet. Generally, squid has no notable odors but take on the crispy fried batter coating well. There are two Asian preparation styles; ‘salt and pepper fried squid’ or ‘squid with salted egg’.
Our order of ‘squid with salted egg’ had curry leaves, chili and salted egg yolks. Often served as a starter or a bar snack, eating fried squids is an experience not to be missed.
PRAWN SPRING ROLL
This version is made of stir-fry the vegetables, chilies and coriander and prawns cooked in a thin batter in a disk-shaped like a pancake. It is cut to bite size and served with sweet chili sauce. Overall this is a pretty good dish.
XXL TIGER PRAWNS
The prawn are served split in half, batter fried and then stir-fried in a creamy butter sauce. The flesh texture is dense, like a lobster and the prawn head is full of orange roe. Master Chef Mr. Jacky wasn’t kidding when he said two people could share a tiger prawn.
Each prawn fills up our dinner plate! This is a rare pricey treat and very delish! Great for a celebration dinner!
CHAI POR HOO
Chai por hoo is dish popular and not to be missed. Rootian serves the deep fried fragrant crunchy chai por (sweet preserved radish bits), garlic chips and little chilly bits separately.
The fish, a giant Dao Tay is a big fresh fish, its flesh is silky, tasty and smooth. Doused with premium soy sauce and fragrant oil, this goes well with white rice.
We enjoyed munching on the crunchy chai por.
BRAISED PORK LIMB IN BROWN GRAVY
Slow cooking makes braise pork limb an irresistibly tender and juicy dish served with rich gravy. The pork shank which comes from the front leg of the pig is preferable as it’s meatier. The shank is deep fried until the fat melts from under the skin before it’s braise. The braising liquid has light/dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, black vinegar, and brown sugar.
The result is flavourful meat that falls off the bone and sweet flavourful ready-made brown gravy that is suspicious!
Plus point, just enough vegetables and plenty of sauce to serve it over white rice.
EGG OMELETTE WITH ONIONS
This is a classic Chinese dish that every new home chef will cook and the family will crave for. Getting the omelet just right is the hardest part of this ultra-easy recipe. The onions are fried until “soft and brown”make it sweet as it caramelizes. The will flavor the omelet and makes it aromatic.
The fiery temperature of the wok transforms the omelet into a more delicious dish that a home cooked version.
PENFOLDS BIN 407
We started with expensive cabernet sauvignon 2008 which scored an average of 90 points in 47 community wine reviews. For a teetotaller like me, this is a remarkable wine that I finished slowly.
PENFOLD BIN 389
This cabernet sauvignon is a marvelous blend that has matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. Smooth and rich.
Now I know why I don’t drink. I wasn’t presented with an opportunity to sample some of the excellent vintages apart from some party celebration.
After drinking, our hosts like to order a little something too much on. Just to line to tummy.
SALTED FISH FRIED BEE HOON
Not every dinner needs to end with a Yee Sang toss. A good chef who is able to control the fire of his work and precise quantity of oil make this bee hoon dish a dream. The salted fish fried bee hoon is tasty. It’s fluffy, soft and airy. The bee hoon is not soggy with oil or clump together. Topped with deep fried salted fish bits, a squeeze of lime brightens this dish beautifully.
Rootian Seafood Restaurant (NON-HALAL) | 89, Jalan Pandak Mayah 5, Pusat Bandar Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah | Telephone: +6012-474 8838 / 433 3338 | Business Hours: Daily 5.30 pm to 11.30 pm